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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...of Peter, who brandishes the sword over the servant Malchus, thrown violently to the ground, is as easy to understand as it is ineffectual in result (Fig. 64). The two other new compositions form the conclusion of the Passion, Christ's Descent into Hell and his Resurrection. The draughtsman carries us by the force of his imagination into Limbo, where Christ delivers the Souls of the Patriarchs out of a deep dungeon amidst the ineffectual raging of hideous devilish shapes. Behind those who have been set free we see the open gate of Hell, which discloses to the eye nothing but a boundless sea of ever-burning flames, the heat of which, as it rises, makes a draught in which the Redeemer's flag of victory is seen to flutter. No less magnificent is the picture of the Resurrection. A strong guard of armed men surrounds the sepulchre. Some of them are asleep; an old warrior gives a rough shake to one of these who are forgetting their duty; one is just waking, and opens his eyes with a yawn, seeing without yet comprehending what he sees; others, however, are aware of the miracle which is taking place. Over the closed stone lid of the grave, on which are seen the seals placed by those in authority still intact, the Saviour ascends, received into a cloud and greeted by hosts of cherubim. He raises his countenance, with the threefold glory of rays surrounding it which betokens his Divinity, towards heaven; in his left hand he holds the banner of victory, with his right hand he blesses the world which he has redeemed by the accomplishmeni of his Passion (Fig. 65). Fig. 70. The Vtrgtn Wtth The Fear ctrr Ofen. Oil-painting of 1512, in the Imperial Gallery, Vienna. (From a photograph by J. L6wy, Vienna.) The drawing which Durer prefixed as a frontispiece...show more

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  • English
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  • 9781236947055